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Mar 11, 2012 3:20am EDT
at home with the unemployment rate for americans at 8.3% nationally, 9% in my home state of indiana. our national debt has grown to more than $15 trillion. this scenario brings great pressure on our government's financial obligations and places our entire economy at some risk. in this context, the dollars available for global developments will necessarily be limited. the task before us today is to ask whether our government is using those dollars as efficiently as possible to achieve the most benefits for u.s. foreign policy and development goals. our foreign assistance should be targeted at sustainable development that promotes self stishes -- sfishes and produces demonstrable results. and support the strengthening of democracies and promote the rule of lows in those democracies. as a path allows nations to become effective trading ar partners on a world stage, it is very important that we be of assistance. the administration has identified global food security, global health and global climate change as the highest priorities for our development assistance this year. historically
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